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Temporary Protected Status

Individuals from certain countries can be granted Temporary Protected Status and can stay in the United States while that status applies. Temporary protected status is granted when the individual’s country of origin is undergoing some type of temporary condition, such as an armed conflict or a natural disaster, which the United States is assisting in by granting TPS to refugees. If you receive temporary protected status, you will be allowed to stay in the United States and apply for employment documentation. You can also file for nonimmigrant status, an adjustment of status, or other immigration benefits for which you are eligible.

Countries currently given Temporary Protected Status (as of 2024):

  • Afghanistan
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cameroon
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Ukraine
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

For the most current list, check here.

Individuals are eligible if:

  • You are a national from one of the designated countries;
  • You do not have a nationality, but you reside in one of the designated countries;
  • You file during the initial registration period or re-registration period (some individuals may meet requirements for late filing);
  • You have been residing in the United States continuously since the specified date for your country.

Individuals may NOT be eligible if:

  • You have been convicted of a felony or two (or more) misdemeanors in the U.S.;
  • You are inadmissible as an immigrant;
  • You do not meet the requirements for continuous residence/presence in the U.S.;
  • You have participated in terroristic activity or persecution of another individual; or
  • You do not re-register for temporary protected status when required to do so.

Application Assistance

Having an experienced immigration attorney can help when you or a loved one are filing for Temporary Protected Status. The attorneys at Cornerstone Law Firm can help you to review your case and ensure that you meet all registration deadlines and requirements. Contact us today for assistance with your application.